Choose a Major in High School?
Yes. You want to seriously consider this. We recommend that you,
- Consider choosing a major before you choose a college to attend. There are good reasons for doing this, even though most people don't. You want to weigh the pros and cons carefully. Some of the potential advantages are listed at the end of this article.
- Consider when you "declare" (commit to) a major. In many colleges you do not begin your major studies until your junior (3rd) year. For some students, however, it is important that they start in their first year of college. Does it matter to you? If so, you want to consider this when you choose a college to attend.
- Consider majors that match your personality. Studies show that the degree of match will likely affect your college grades, whether you stick with your major, and if you graduate on time. Read "Personality-College Major Match - Why it is Important".
- Consider the "college major environment" that is best for you. When you choose a college major you are choosing an environment that will affect how successful and happy you are in your major. You are choosing to work with people - professors and students - who create an environment - one that encourages students with a certain personality, and often discourages students with a different personality. More.
- Consider how you are making your decision. It is a big decision, and you want to make a good one. Read the article "High-Quality Decision Making" to learn a simple and practical approach, one based on scientific evidence. It will lead you through four essential steps.
Potential Advantages of Choosing a Major Before Deciding on a College.
- You have the opportunity to choose among the colleges that have the major that interests you. You choose the one that best fits you. For example, in weighing the pros and cons of the schools having a major that interests you — you may find one that is significantly less expensive, or is in a better location.
- You can time when you begin your major. Many colleges structure their Bachelor's degree programs so that you do not begin your major studies until your Junior year. You take general studies or liberal arts courses beforehand. Other colleges have you start your major in your Freshmen year. Deciding on your major before entering college gives you the freedom to decide when you want to start your major studies.
- You can decide the extent to which you take courses outside your major. You may find that courses outside your major are stimulating, eye-opening... that they help you become a more knowledgeable, "educated" person. More. On the other hand, being in courses that do not fit your interests or personality may negatively affect your grades and happiness.